‘Bonkers Bruno Locked Up’

So read the headline in the first edition of the Sun newspaper (sic) following the news that the former boxer Frank Bruno has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act which gives you some idea of the reporting standards of some sections of the media here.

I suppose to be fair, someone spotted the tastelessness of it very quickly and the headline became ‘Sad Bruno in Mental Home’ but even that hardly shows any great understanding or sensitivity. In fact ‘mental home’ only reinforces the prejudice that exists when it comes to mental illness.

However, not everyone in the media is so crass and the Mental Health Media Awards recognises the positive influence that both documentary and fictional productions can have to alter our perceptions of mental illness. Good on ’em, I say.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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